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PublishDate: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 13:46

India Reports 42,640 New COVID-19 Cases, 1,167 Deaths

India reported on Tuesday 42,640 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The South Asian country's total #COVID-19 case load now stands at 29.98 million, while total fatalities are at 389,302, the data showed. India's coronavirus-related deaths rose by 1,167 overnight.

A record daily surge in COVID-19 vaccinations powered #India’s_benchmark stock index on Tuesday past the 53,000-level for the first time ever, with the blue-chip Nifty 50 also hovering close to its all-time high.

The S&P BSE Sensex was up 0.82% at 53,013.20 by 0509 GMT, while the NSE Nifty 50 index (.NSEI) rose 0.87% to 15,883.95.

#India administered a record 8.3 million vaccine doses on Monday under a federal campaign to inoculate all adults for free. Experts have said widespread vaccination remains one of the best tools to avoid the kind of devastation India saw during its second wave of the pandemic.

Declining cases and easing of pandemic-induced restrictions have also contributed to both the indexes gaining more than 1.7% so far this month.

There's a lot of activity in sectors seen benefiting from the opening up of economies, such as autos and construction-related ones like cement, said Shrikant Chouhan, executive vice-president of equity research at Kotak Securities in #Mumbai. "Because of that we are seeing a lot of momentum in the market."

The Nifty Auto Index gained 1.75%. Jefferies also said in a research note on Tuesday that India's auto demand is recovering again.

Maruti Suzuki was the top percentage gainer on the Nifty 50, jumping 4.1%.

Nifty 50 components Shree Cement (SHCM.NS) and #UltraTech Cement rose 2.2% and 1.5%, respectively, while construction giant Larsen and Toubro added 2%.

Helping sentiment, broader Asian markets bounced from four-week lows as investors' focus on economic growth partly offset worries about any near-term rise in US interest rates.
Eyes will also be on US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's appearance before Congress later in the day, for more clarity on the central bank's surprise hawkish shift last week.

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